1914-04-14 Jack Dillon w pts 12 Battling Levinsky, Holland Arena, Butte, Montana, USA - USA

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1914-04-14 Jack Dillon w pts 12 Battling Levinsky, Holland Arena, Butte, Montana, USA - USA. Referee: Harry Stout. The Anaconda Standard reported this as being billed for the vacant 175lbs world title, with Dillon (164½) being too good for the clever Levinsky (170½). Stung in the fifth round by the hardest punch that Levinsky threw all night Dillon tore into his opponent from there on in, building up a solid lead before having the Battler down in the penultimate session. Although Levinsky was quickly on his feet he was groggy at the bell and unable to put up much resistance in the 12th. It was a relatively easy win for Dillon, who was both the harder, faster puncher of the two.

Regardless that Dillon received scant support as a champion, he was recognised as such in the TS Andrews’ Annual of the day. Interestingly, many latter-day historians thought that Dillon’s claim emanated from his three-round kayo win over Hugo Kelly in a no-decision middleweight contest at the Empire Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana on 28 May 1912, but this was the first time that he received any recognition as a light heavyweight title claimant. The confusion had been created by Dillon’s manager, making little sense at the time.